Monday, May 6, 2013

Product Review: Benefit High Beam vs e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip

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I've been using Benefit's High Beam for a few years and it's something in my makeup bag that varies from using it every single day to months without wear.

Then I saw this pin on Pinterest...
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....which took me to her blog post about the e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip and I decided that for a $1 I could pick it up on my next Target run. I mean, I love her makeup in the pic, I love any makeup that highlights, and if the product sucked and I threw it out after one use, I'm only out a buck.

Here's the Benefit High Beam side by side with the e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal

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I couldn't believe that the e.l.f. Facial Whip gave more color than the Benefit High Beam! In fact, I washed it off and did it again to be sure I had the products right and sure enough the e.l.f. gave more color.

Ok, here are the products stats:

Benefit High Beam
-Size: 0.45 oz
-Price: $26.00
-Deemed it's a "supermodel in a bottle"
-Made for all skin tones

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip
-Size: 0.34 oz
-Price: $1.00
-Deemed to "brighten and soothe skin with no greasy after-feel"
-Multipurpose- made to be worn anywhere on face/body

Here are my reviews of how the two compare:

-The Benefit High Beam blends easier and is more sheer while the  e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip I find to be thicker and harder to blend. T

-The BHB blends well both before and after my face powder, where as the ESFW blends best before my powder (I just powder around where I've highlighted or work harder in my blending if used afterwards).

-I like the look of both highlighters, they're so similar in outcome I can barely tell the difference when wearing them.

-The ESFW lasts longer  and gives more color than BHB (it's less pink than ESFW), but you can apply less product if you want a more sheer look.

-Both look great alone or mixed with foundation/lotion and don't ruin your base by putting them on even though they're liquid.

-A little goes a long way for both products

Overall:

Save yourself $25 and buy the e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip. Although it's not quite as blendable, I think it's a better product altogether. I don't have anything against the Benefit High Beam and still like the product, there's just no point in buying it when there's another product that is equal in comparison. Plus, the e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip comes in several colors that I think makes it superior for people of different skin tones and types.

Do you use a highlighter? Have you tried these two products? What are your thoughts on how they compare?
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